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White refutes reports, announces Couture vs. Franklin on Twitter


Rumors ran rampant around Twitter and different MMA sites today that the planned bout between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz was off, and that Liddell would instead face Rich Franklin.

Those rumors were all refuted by one simple tweet from UFC president Dana White.

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Ortiz and Liddell are coaches of the upcoming eleventh season of "The Ultimate Fighter." The bout will be the third between them, with Liddell winning the first two bouts. Though some sites reported that Tito Ortiz had left the taping of TUF, White said via Twitter that, "Nothing happened to Tito. Tito and I are cool."

The fight for Franklin will be his first since getting TKOed by Vitor Belfort in September, while Couture is coming off of two wins: a tight decision over Brandon Vera and a rear naked choke of fellow Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman. White did not say when the bout between Couture and Franklin would happen.

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